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    The final day for regular operating hours inside “the mansion” is Friday, May 5.

    KC MuseumEven as the Kansas City Museum nears the start of construction, and Corinthian Hall (the mansion) gets ready to temporarily close to the public, Kansas City Museum supporters are spreading the word that the Museum will continue to host outdoor and offsite programming and events.  Regular weekly operating hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Friday, May 5, 2017.

    “Interestingly, May 5 marks 77 years to the day of the Museum’s first public opening in 1940,” Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera said. “While Corinthian Hall is undergoing its transformation, the Museum will carry on with offsite exhibitions, programs, and events, as well as special onsite programming using the historic grounds and Carriage House, the first of which is The Derby Party.”

    The Derby Party, #DerbyKC, will take place from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 on the historic grounds and within the Carriage House of the Kansas City Museum. The Derby Party is hosted by the Kansas City Museum Foundation and benefits the Kansas City Museum.

    Renovations at the Kansas City Museum will be completed in several phases of architectural design and stages of construction. Each stage of construction will open to the public a new face of the Museum. Stage I Construction includes the extensive restoration and renovation of the lower level, first floor, second floor, and third floor of Corinthian Hall. Scheduled to begin in summer 2017, Stage I Construction is expected to be complete and open to the public in 2019:

    • The lower level of Corinthian Hall will include a restored billiards room, as well as rehabilitated spaces used to create a new interpretation of the museum’s former, beloved “soda fountain,” public restrooms, kitchen facilities, and administrative functions.
    • The first floor of Corinthian Hall will include restored, recreated, and rehabilitated rooms that will be used for programs, events, interpretive history exhibits, and thematic art installations. The first floor also will have a museum store, and a museum café and demonstration kitchen.
    • The second floor of Corinthian Hall will include rehabilitated rooms that will be used for new exhibit galleries that showcase historical materials from the Museum’s permanent collection, and a meeting room/education space for community use and Parks Board meetings.
    • The third floor of Corinthian Hall will include rehabilitated rooms used for new exhibit galleries, a theater, and an interactive space for recording and sharing stories.

    Those who wish to see the mansion in its existing, pre-renovation state can attend free, docent-guided history tours at the Kansas City Museum through Friday, May 5, 2017 during regular weekly operating hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. In addition, “Making a Museum” tours that focus specifically on the renovation process will be available at 3:00 p.m. on April 21, April 22, and April 28 at the Kansas City Museum. To learn more about museum tours visit: www.kansascitymuseum.org.

    Located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard in the Historic Northeast community of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Museum is comprised of five original buildings, including the mansion Corinthian Hall, which was built in 1910 by Robert Alexander Long. The estate became a public museum in 1940. It is owned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and operated and managed by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department. The Collection contains more than 100,000 artifacts and several thousand more archival materials that interpret Kansas City’s local and regional history.
    The Kansas City Museum is in the process of architectural design development to create a leading-edge museum of Kansas City’s history through a multi-year, multi-staged restoration and renovation project. International Architects Atelier is the lead architectural design firm, and J.E. Dunn Construction Co. is the Construction Manager at Risk. Museum Management Consultants produced the Museum’s Strategic and Business Plans, which were adopted in Fall 2016, and Gallagher & Associates produced the Museum’s Visitor Experience Plan that provides the parameters for exhibition design and development. For more information about the Kansas City Museum and construction project updates, visit www.kansascitymuseum.org.  For more information about special programming call Paul Gutierrez at (816) 513-0726 or by email at Paul.Gutierrez@kcmo.org.


  2. Community Information Exchange is Critical Tie that Binds

    carolgreenNo one works the room like Carol Green. Even if you’ve never met her before, there’s no way you can miss her. She’s easily the most visible person on the floor, greeting people more with hugs and smiles than handshakes. And her mental rolodex is sure to contain the information you need to take your community engagement to the next level.

    Indeed, she’s the engine that powers the Community Information Exchange and she’s the one you can always count on to keep the trains running on time.

    But how did she get here?

    “At one point I was director of the Brush Creek Community Center,” Green said. “I was planning the annual Toys for Tots Christmas party. I hustled. I begged to make this the most fantastic party ever. Two blocks away there was some other church party and four blocks away there was another party. I thought there must be a way we could be better connected.”



    Free TreeCitizens of Kansas City, Missouri will play a vital role in restoring our declining urban forests, thanks to a new partnership between Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA), a program of environmental non-profit Bridging The Gap, and Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation. The partnership will plant free trees along the street. Kansas City Missouri residents are asked to review qualifications and reserve their free tree at https://tinyurl.com/treesforKCMO.

    Trees will be planted in the public right-of-way, which is typically within 10 feet of the street. To receive your free tree, you must be a Kansas City resident, have adequate planting space as defined by ordinance and be willing to “adopt” a tree by providing supplemental water over the next two years.

    “We’re excited to work with Bridging The Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance because they educate citizens about the importance of trees and get them involved in tree care,” said KC Parks Deputy Director Terry Rynard. “Because they use volunteers to plant and water, we can get more trees planted for the same budget. We’re proud that the citizens of Kansas City will play a vital role in restoring our tree canopy.”

    Sarah Crowder, forester for Heartland Tree Alliance, adds, “trees provide so many benefits to our city–shading our streetscapes, cleaning our air and cooling pavement and air temperatures.”  Studies have shown that heavily “treed” neighborhoods have less crime because more people are outside; trees also slow traffic and add up to 20% to property values.

    Thousands of trees are lost annually to disease, storm damage and old age in KCMO. With KC Parks and HTA working together, this new planting initiative will invite citizens to help restore Kansas City’s urban forest canopy:

    To find out more information about the program or request a free tree, visit https://tinyurl.com/treesforKCMO. Don’t have room for a tree but would love to get involved? Volunteer to help us plant trees! Contact Sarah Crowder, sarah.crowder@bridgingthegap.org.

  4. KC Parks Employee Awards: Community Services Division

    DSC_9467Congratulations to the following KC Parks Community Services Division staff on your awards:
    Katherine Williams and Stanley Vaughans
    Tamara Goff
    Paige Crosswhite
    Donald Strother
    Jillian Haynes and Jody Siemer